Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lessons Learned

Everyday is a learning experience. In some way or another, I learn something about myself. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. I learned a good lesson this past weekend.

I ate horribly. I mean, horribly this past weekend. I had a cheeseburger (which was amazing) and my husband is a sucker for a DQ Blizzard and he always cons me into one. I figured,

"Oh, I'll just work it off at CrossFit tomorrow." 

Well, that my friends, is the kind of thinking that needs to be stopped. Immediately.

Why? Well, because you put yourself (myself) at the top of a very slippery slope. Tomorrow becomes the next day, which becomes the next, and the next and well, you get the idea.

So, I got to Crossfit the next day and got through the warm up and ready for a butt-kicking workout, as is par for the course. Unfortunately, my youngest had other plans which included, but were not limited to, screaming like Steven Tyler for 30 minutes straight.

I didn't get to work out and I was totally bummed. More so because I was working out for all the wrong reasons that day. I was basically trying to account for my lack of clean eating the days before. Hint: that shouldn't be your purpose for working out. It will keep you going for a little while, but it's not a strong enough purpose to keep you going when the going gets tough...and it will.

I definitely eat clean 90% of the time, but there are times when I have my wine cake and eat it too. But I own it. I live life when I'm out with the girls. I'm not that weirdo that orders water and a house salad because I'm on a 'diet'. I'll drink wine and have some Bang Bang Shrimp, but you know what, I'm in control. I don't let it control me. And I think that's really the key.

You being in control of you and what you put into your body. 

I don't typically 'fall off the wagon' unless I fully intend to jump off of the wagon - and usually it's into a bottle of fantastically delicious wine, but that's neither here, nor there. When I do, I don't beat myself up, but I do recognize it and get back on track. Jen does a great job of teaching you how to get back on track. A method I'm using right now, as a matter of fact.

The Lord has blessed us all with only one life. You get to choose how you live it. I don't want to live with any regrets (I wish I would've started eating clean and working out a year ago, etc.). I don't want to ever have that guilt feeling that I felt when I couldn't work out. If life happens and I can't work out that day, I don't want it to stress me out. 

I want to be able to say, "well, at least I've been eating clean and taking my supplements." 

Because life does happen. Kids get sick (or scream for 30 minutes) or you're traveling for work and you won't be able to get a workout in. But,

You're always in control of what you eat or don't eat.

A clean, healthy lifestyle is sometimes a challenge, yes, and if it were easy, everyone would do it. But if something doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. It shouldn't stress you out to the point where you're losing your s&!* everyday, that's not what this is about. This is about living the absolute best life you possibly can while you can - because you only get one. How do you want to live it? The choice is yours.

No excuses. Is there something that you've wanted to do but have been letting excuses (or fear) hold you back? What do you want out of life? Whatever it is, grab life by the cojones and go get it. You only get one. Live it with no regrets.

What are your goals or something that you've been wanting to do, but just haven't done yet? 


  1. Great post. I really needed to read this today. I have had issues with the weight coming on since reaching my 40s (will be 45 in July), and get super frustrated when despite eating well it doesn't budge. I know I need to up the exercise, but lack the motivation. I also am terrible about preparing meals for just myself. Kinda funny since I spent the better part of the past 15 years preparing healthy breakfasts and sack lunches for my girls everyday! I picked up a book the other day I am anxious to read (it is written by the same author of the book by CBS Bible Study group is reading for summer) called Made To Crave. I think you would enjoy it as well based on what I've read on the back cover.

    1. Hi Lauren! I always love hearing from you!

      1. I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ALMOST 45. Seriously, you don't look a day over 30. You look amazing!
      2. Have you ever considered going wheat free? I know it sounds like a massive change, but if you baby step you way into it, you won't even miss it.
      3. Have you ever considered doing a cleanse? That would help!

      I'd love to help you go gluten/wheat free. Best thing I've ever done.

  2. LOVE're so dead on. I, too, needed to read this today. I've been using my class as an excuse to eat like crap all week and enough's enough. Time to get back on track and stay there, despite whatever bumps in the road I may encounter. And what's that saying..."You can't out train a bad diet and you can't outrun your fork"!


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